Photo of the Day: Long-tailed Ducks

by John Briggs on March 29, 2011

in Bird Photographs, Blog, Photo of the Day

Long-tailed Duck – Clangula hyemalis

Formerly know as the Old Squaw, the Long-tailed Duck is one of my favorites. Their clown-like face is one of the cutest out there in the duck world.

Most of the diving ducks paddle with their webbed feet, but the Long-tailed Duck uses its partially folded wings to propel itself underwater. Long-tailed ducks are the deepest diving ducks in the world, diving to depths as far as 200 feet.  Of all of the diving ducks, this duck spends most of its time under water relative to the time that it spends on the surface. When it is foraging, it is submerged three times as much as it is on top of the water.

The following photo was taken at Pine Point, near Scarborough, Maine.

The following photo was taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon 400mm f/4 L IS lens. Simply click the thumbnail below for a full-sized view. ©2011 John Briggs Photography

Long-tailed Ducks - 2 females, 1 male

Long-tailed Ducks - 2 females, 1 male

Happy birding!



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